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Patti

Chittenango, NY, United States | Member Since 2017

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  • Riding Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (117)

    As a world-class equestrian and Olympic contender, Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flight atop a strong, graceful animal. Then, at 18, a tragic accident destroyed her riding career and Harry, the beautiful horse she cherished. Now, 20 years later, Annemarie is coming home.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Oh Well"
    "Excuse my Language ...she's a stupid witch!"
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    Like others have said, this is not Water For Elephants. The main character is self-centered. Anything she does wrong or stupid, she has an excuse for. Anything anyone else does that is 1) as she asked or 2) wrong or stupid -- she shreiks about! And as much as I disliked (hugely) that part of the story, this is where the narration did its best. She screamed and ranted for Anne Marie as it would have sounded in real life, I imagine. Amazingly, for all her obnoxiousness (and this is the worst part of the story), everything ends happily ever after. She doesn't change a thing and -- poof! -- it all comes out wonderful in the end. I don't get it. I wish my life could be like that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Chris Chappell, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4445)
    Performance
    (4054)
    Story
    (4046)

    Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors--beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and nine-year-old Grace and her former addict mother, Eileen. But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building's front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy's patio.

    Michele says: "Inspirational and humbling and awesome."
    "Loved It"
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    Best book I’ve read in over a year! Loved the characters (well, maybe not Eileen). There might be some issues with believability surrounding Billy’s progress but that is so minor. I want these people to be my neighbors. Ms Ryan combined several events (addiction, parenting, foster care, mental health, relationships to name a few) into such a positive upbeat story. I didn’t want to ever stop listening or to have the story end. I definitely want to read more by this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (445)

    Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat. But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does - humans are a musical species.

    Shimon says: "A must for music lovers"
    "Dull"
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    Stories are interesting, but these just went on and on. I couldn't finish the book. I am not sure what audience would enjoy this book. I am not sure what I expected from it, but I was not impressed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (9706)
    Performance
    (8617)
    Story
    (8591)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Cute But Nothing to Die For"
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    Interesting story. It definitely kept my interest and had many amusing portions. The "spy" role was a minor portion; I kept waiting for more but the main focus revolved around the dead body in the bathtub. Narration was well done. Characters were introduced that I sure will be developed even further in future installments. A light, easy, humorous book worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pilot's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Melanie Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    Until now, Kathryn Lyons's life has been peaceful if unextraordinary: a satisfying job teaching high school in the New England mill town of her childhood; a picture-perfect home by the ocean; a precocious, independent-minded fifteen-year-old daughter; and a happy marriage whose occasional dull passages she attributes to the unavoidable deadening of time.

    sproatlaked says: "Riveting"
    "Boring and Pointless"
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    From he start I found this book without excitement. I didn't really care for the characters. I didn't relate to them as they did not react as I would react and can't imagine others doing as they did. The musings of this woman seemed totally unrelated to the story being told. Their reactions and interactions between the characters were odd. Was Kathryn going to fall in love with Robert? No spoiler alert here: she didn't. Yet she invited him into the bathroom to gaze over her naked body? What was that about? Kathryn's relationship with her daughter was typical on so many levels, and not on others. The daughter reveals she became sexually active at 14 and it's almost a yawner for Kathryn. I couldn't tell when Kathryn was angry, sad, or happy. There was no passion. From the news of her husband's death to the story of how it happened there is little evidence of emotion in the story.

    The narration was well done in differentiating between characters. But there was little to work with here.

    I have read other books by Shreve. Some I liked, others not so much. I don't think I will try any others. I don't get her style.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On Borrowed Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Chris Ensweiler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    Richard Kilmer is head over heels in love with Jennifer Ryan, who takes him home to meet her parents, where she accepts his marriage proposal. While visiting, they set out on a nostalgic drive up to Kendrick Falls. On their way, a freak storm rolls in, Richard loses control of his car, and it rolls. When the storm clears in a matter of seconds, Jen is gone. Richard can't find her, and neither can the police who respond to the scene.

    Rowan Mangan says: "Not enough dogs!"
    "I Prefer Andy and Grover"
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    I will continue to be a Rosenfelt fan, but this departure from the Andy Carpenter series did not really thrill me. It was okay. Just ok. To start with the whole "event" was too preposterous. So nothing was really believable. Narration was okay. By the end I got so bored I couldn't keep track of the twists and turns.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37238)
    Performance
    (30236)
    Story
    (30305)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Details Overwhelm, Bore You, at times"
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    I cannot deny that this is a good story. Well written and well narrated. But some of the details go beyond what is needed for a good story. They do not add much to the amazing feat of Zamperini's survival. But it is still worth spending the credit and time to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Walter Mischel
    • Narrated By Alan Alda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1050)

    In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life - from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not a sweet solution pill, but still can be swallowed."
    "So Much More Than Marshmallows"
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    I have always loved the story of the Marshmallow experiments and what they demonstrated. But this book/explanation went so much further ...and it should. It really made me wonder why it took so long for this book to be written? Mischel was masterful in weaving other relevant research to his own, illustrating not only what delayed gratification could do for a person, but how that ability (or lack) can be developed or enhanced. The narration was superb. I would even forget it was "Hawkeye" talking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Susan Fraser King
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    Shipwrecked, a young Saxon princess and her family - including the outlawed Edgar of England - ask sanctuary of the warrior-king Malcolm Canmore, who shrewdly sees the political advantage. He promises to aid Edgar and the Saxon cause in return for the hand of Edgar's sister, Margaret, in marriage. A foreign queen in a strange land, Margaret adapts to life among the barbarian Scots, bears princes, and shapes the fierce warrior Malcolm into a sophisticated ruler. Yet even as the king and queen build a passionate and tempestuous partnership, the Scots distrust her.

    Katherine says: "Tested my patience."
    "Uneven"
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    Although I did finish listening to this selection, it did not "wow" me in anyway. The characters were predictable. The sister whined, the mother demanded, the husband/king went off to wage battles, the queen prayed... Several characters came in and then were dropped (like the brother/king-to-be) and then came back. There was no rhythm to the events at all. The narration was barely tolerable. I have listened to worse, but sometimes the voices sounded oriental rather than Scottish or British.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilt by Association

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Marcia Clark
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (612)

    Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking, and fiercely intelligent prosecutor in the city's most elite division. When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family. But she can't stop herself from digging deeper into Jake's death, a decision that exposes a world of power and violence and will have her risking her reputation - and her life - to find the truth.

    TexasLady says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Mixed Reviews"
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    This was a good tale, but was uneven. Clark introduces the various characters well. From the start there is a division between the case assigned that was supposed to be worked and the case she was forbidden to work. It goes back and forth at first. But then it seems Knight spends WAY too much time on the forbidden case and goes WAY out of line that she should have been caught. But at that point, the assigned case takes over. Good story but uneven.

    The narration is as well. It bothers me when female narrators cannot do male voices well. It seems there is an overcompensation. Just use your regular voice.

    For a debut novel, it was good enough that I will continue to read her other books.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    When best-selling mystery writer David Rosenfelt and his family moved from Southern California to Maine, he thought he had prepared for everything. They had mapped the route, brought three GPSs for backup, as well as refrigerators full of food, and stoves and microwaves on which to cook them. But traveling with 25 dogs turned out to be a bigger ordeal than he anticipated, despite RVs, the extra kibble, volunteers (including a few readers), and camping equipment.

    Trudy L. Soura says: "Check the facebook page woofabago2011"
    "Good Dog Stories"
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    Mt Rosenfelt needs to stick to fiction. Although this was interesting, there were more stories (entertaining, well written) on their lives in dog rescue. That was fine. The trip itself did create challenges, but they were not the main focus of this book. As much as it was all enjoyable, I kind of felt misled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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